Haseeb Hameed will leave Lancashire at the end of the season after the county elected not to renew the youngster's contract.

Opening batsman Hameed looked set to become the natural successor to Andrew Strauss when he shone on his England debut in India in 2016, aged 19.

Having made his first-class bow against Glamorgan in 2015, Hameed earned three England Test caps during the series against India, scoring two half-centuries.

However, his form has tailed off dramatically over recent seasons, and he averaged below 10 across 17 innings in the 2018 County Championship.

Lancashire director of cricket Paul Allott stated at the start of the 2019 campaign that Hameed was "hanging on by his fingertips", and the county have now decided against renewing the 22-year-old's deal.

"The club met with Haseeb on Friday and explained its decision, and the 22-year-old is now free to discuss opportunities with other counties," Lancashire stated on their website.

"The club would like to thank Haseeb for all of his commitment and efforts since he made his first-class debut in the 2015 season, having come through the academy."

Hameed started 2019 in strong form, scoring 117 in an early-season match at Lord's, but has only made 341 runs in total this season.

Australia opener Joe Burns has ended his spell with Lancashire for personal reasons after playing just one game for the county.

The batsman was due to be available for 10 County Championship Division Two matches before doing battle with England in the Ashes.

But on Monday Lancashire revealed that Burns is heading back to his homeland soon after arriving at the club.

Burns last month expressed his disappointment at not being selected for the Australia A tour of England in July.

Lancashire have replaced the 29-year-old with his compatriot Jake Lehmann for the match against Worcestershire this week.

Lehmann played in four One-Day Cup matches for the Red Rose this month.

England's leading Test wicket-taker James Anderson was selected to face the Pears after recovering from a nasty blow to his left knee.

Haseeb Hameed made his first County Championship century since 2016 to boost his hopes of earning an England recall for this year's Ashes.

The batsman was horribly out of form last season, averaging 9.7 as Lancashire suffered relegation in first-class cricket, but followed up a recent double century against Loughborough MCCU by passing three figures against Middlesex in his county's first Division Two fixture of 2019.

Hameed, who made his England debut in India in November 2016 aged 19 but suffered a finger injury in his third Test appearance, reached the milestone with a pulled six off paceman Toby Roland-Jones.

But the 22-year-old was dismissed for 117, caught and bowled by Dawid Malan after leading Lancashire towards a first-innings lead at Lord's.

Keaton Jennings, another England opener aiming to earn an Ashes chance this year, made 52 in a 123-run partnership with Hameed for the first wicket.

Keshav Maharaj and Lancashire rescued a sensational County Championship tie at Somerset after claiming two wickets when the hosts needed just a single run for victory. 

Jordan Clark flourished on day one of the Roses match by dismissing three of the world's best batsmen to claim a famous hat-trick and put Lancashire on top against fierce rivals Yorkshire.

England may be considering Adil Rashid for a potential Test recall but the leg-spinner suffered at the hands of Lancashire in domestic action on Friday.

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